“In parapsychology and many forms of spiritual practice, an aura is a field of subtle, luminous radiation surrounding a person or object (like the halo or aureola in religious art). The depiction of such an aura often connotes a person of particular power or holiness. It is said that all living things (including humans) and all objects manifest such an aura. Often it is held to be perceptible, whether spontaneously or with practice: such perception is at times linked with the third eye of Indian spirituality. It has also been described as a map of the thoughts and feelings surrounding a person.”
- Bowers, Barbara, Ph.D: What Color Is Your Aura? Personality Spectrums for Understanding and Growth – 1989
You can interpret the meaning AuRA however you choose to look at it. For SeT, it’s the power of harnessing the power of positive energy, coinciding with the negative energy. You can’t have the good, without the bad. His named derived from the Egyptain God, SeT. Who was employed by Ra, as the God of Chaos. Outgoing, philosophical,intellectual and innovative, SeT embodies the traits of the Egyptain God, based on his fascination with Egyptian mythology. Having a long line of talented musicians in his family, it’s almost as if SeT was born to pursue music. Sit down and speak with him for twenty minutes, you’ll see he is no ordinary rapper. The thought process he has about everything is on another level. From the energy we give off, to any topic at hand. AuRA, a 10 track LP from SmashMouth Music Group’s own, speaks volumes on quality over quantity. One song in and you can feel the presence SeT gives on the mic. A heavy one. He’s no newbie to making music and gives you an almost, tell-all with AuRA. Putting his life on the line in pursuit of something that means everything to him. There’s hidden meaning, with unconcealed truth all throughout the album. Having sat on it since it came out, taking it in slowly, I found the power of the music SeT provides on this is impeccable. Mood music for the soul. Take in SeT’s album AuRA as we go on a track by track break down.
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Last week, we posted a video interview titled Who Is SeT? which gave an in-depth look into one of SmashMouth Entertainment’s newest signees, SeT. Since then, the Toronto emcee has released his debut LP, AuRA. The 10-track project includes features from Tray, Terrell Morris, AJ Cooper, and Haviah Mighty while production is handled by Tay Lewis, AJ Cooper, MMac, and LEF7Y among others. As soon as you press play, you’ll be able to tell that SeT is unlike the majority of artists today, consistently offering diverse material, expressing himself through an evident passion for music. However, don’t take our word for it. Stream/download AuRA below.
Download: SeT – “AuRA”
The wait is finally over as Scarborough’s APB release their latest project, Egos & Expectations. The 10-track offering features singles such as “Harvest” and “Some Say” with production from KMS and Spinz Beats. In addition, the mixtape also comes with a digital booklet for your viewing please. Stream below and be sure to purchase the album on iTunes. Make sure to check out our podcast with The Airplane Boys when we caught up with them at CMW and visit The Airplane Boys website for the full experience.
Egos And Expectations is a collection of stories and sounds created in our childhood friend’s basement in Scarborough. Story-wise, we drew from our real life experiences balancing our love in relationship with others, as well as this music industry, but more importantly our love for ourselves. Toronto is known as a melting pot for many cultures, so we wanted to be as diverse and use as many colours as possible with our soundscape. We take pride in collecting sounds during our travels. Some of the drums give off that tribal feel – African inspired, while some of the synths on this record derive from video game sounds from arcades we went to in Japan. The melodies are stenciled by 90′s Pop/R&B, the bass lines bounce with the funk and grooves we grew up on, and of course the storytelling takes the driver seat with smooth, rhythmic wordplay. We wanted to be ambitious with our approach, and that crafted this raw rebellious sound. Thank you for your love, support, and patience.
Nowadays, nothing seems to surprise us and that’s exactly the case for Shi Wisdom as the Toronto songstress delivers her brand-new album, Stranger Things Have Happened. The mesmerizing, 7-track LP offers a diverse collection of music and was executive produced by Shi Wisdom & Keita ‘KJ’ Juma with artwork by Wolf J McFarlane. Early favourites include “Yacht”, “Fly Too”, and “Living In Our Own.” Listen to Stranger Things Have Happened after the jump.
Purchase: Shi Wisdom – “Stranger Things Have Happened”
From last years The Green Box to this years A Thousand Cuts, Locksmith has been on his grind. Countless videos, radio freestyles, and it doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon! Locksmith just dropped his highly anticipated album A Thousand Cuts yesterday and after taking it in, all I have to say is “WOW”. Instantly captured from the introductory song “Who I Am”, I found myself vibing out the entire album without a pause. With most of the production done from Locksmith and Mike Blakenship, Locksmith recruits a few more producers like Nova K, Braden Blair and Rsonist of The Heatmakerz. He also recruits the likes of R.A. The Rugged Man on “House of Games”, Rebecca Nobel, Jarell Perry, Fallon, Leah Tysse, Anesha and Olamide Faison. If you’ve ever heard a Locksmith track, than you know what to expect, but if it’s your first time taking in his music, you can stream the album before you buy. Hit play on the lead single for the album below and be sure to go support true talent by getting your copy of A Thousand Cuts today!
The wait is over! From “Big Dreams”, “Medicated” to “The Wicked” you were slowly introduced to Flex The Antihero’s latest project SALEM leading up to today. If you read the review yesterday, you got a glimpse at how phenomenal SALEM is front to back. Now that it’s finally out you can easily see why. With M Mac and Emerson Brooks handling most of the production besides two tracks from Metcalfe and BatmanOnTheBeatz, there’s no question Flex and everyone involved put their all into SALEM. Flex recruits DillanPonders, ANTHM, Allan Rayman, D-Sisive and Emerson Brooks, keeping the features to a minimum.
Records that stand out on SALEM are one’s like “The Wicked”, “Build and Destroy”, “Big Dreams”, “War”, “All I Knew”, “Rolling Dice” and “The Great Escape” though those are just my personal favorites, the whole project is dope. The album being an ode to where Flex grew up and how he’s moved on from there, SALEM is one everyone can relate to in a way if you’re out chasing your dreams. Stream and download Flex The Antihero’s latest gem SALEM after a little write up from Flex about the album.
“SALEM is just an exit in Ajax where I previously lived before (I’ve been in Toronto for a minute now). A lot of the topics I found on the album had to deal with what I was surrounded by and what inspired my way of thinking. It was just a stretch that takes you from one end to the other. The trees on the cover symbolize the fields that are on the one side as you drive and also symbolic of a lot of the darkness I was in when working on this project.”
Purchase: Flex The Antihero – “SALEM”
When taking in The Antiheroes it’s clear on any track that they never lack on expressing their opinion, whether the subject is the quality and integrity of music or something community based. Separately, as first experienced on Latex & Perfume ; you experience a more personal side of the two Toronto artist’s Sha Prince and Flex The Antihero. Announcing SALEM was on it’s way just before Sha Prince’s solo project, there was a built anticipation leading up to the first time we heard it. Hands down, once taking it in fully and hitting repeat dozens of times you could tell this is a body of work that you could not get bored listening to. Both SALEM and Latex & Perfume; they stand as a moment in time. First experiencing SALEM it’s seen as what it is, a great in-depth project that is an ode to where Flex grew up which reflects on his past, how he’s moved on pursuing his passion to create music and more. If you look at it for what it could be, it’s a moment in time you can look back to when artist’s like Flex further their success and really look at how far they’ve come.
Read the track by track review after the jump!